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Post Engagement Celebratory Meal?

Hello Fellow Hounders,

Just moved to D.C a few weeks ago and will be getting engaged in a few weeks. I want to find a restaurant for a party of 12 to celebrate afterwards. Will likely be a late lunch of early dinner on a Saturday.

I would prefer somewhere where the entrees are under $30. I had strongly considered Georgia Browns, but the reviews are heavily mixed, which has scared me off. Vidalia on the other hand seems a bit too expensive and Marvin's menu is too limited.

I am looking for somewhere delicious and semi-casual. Seafood or high end Southern food are my preferences but I'd be open to any suggestions.

I had also considered Hank's Oyster bar, which I loved when I ate there previously, but I think its probably not a good choice for a large party.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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  1. Hank's Oyster Bar likely won't work for a party of 12 (especially since at least the Dupont location doesn't take reservations). I'm not sure how large the new Capitol Hill location is.

    For seafood Brasserie Beck might work (if everyone likes mussels and frites---and who doesn't!). Another option would be Acadiana. Neither is cheap necessarily but they are more affordable than Vidalia.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Yea, not really what I was looking for. Thanks though

      2. Congrats!

        Did you consider Art and Soul?

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        1. re: Doh

          I did. It is still in the running. I would also be open to a delicious and quaint italian restaurant. How is Siroc??

          1. re: FoodDude2

            Siroc: High quality throughout.

            1. re: Steve

              Ok so I think I have narrowed it down between Siroc, Dino, Brasserie Beck, or Bibiana.

              Any thoughts about those 4 compared to each other? Is the atmosphere at each restaurant appropriate? Not too stuffy but not too informal either?? Food is good/great/amazing??

              1. re: FoodDude2

                I would personally go with Brasserie Beck, which works well with a group of your size. For Italian I love Bibianna.

                1. re: FoodDude2

                  Dino could give you a private room, but Bibiana is more upscale.

                  Brasserie Beck would only work if you know everyone in your group likes that type of food (very little for vegetarians - menu shows one main course option) in my opinion. Just a thought, but if they do like that, it would be between Bibiana and Beck for me, or if the private room is a plus, Dino. Dean will work with you to secure a nice event - we wanted our rehearsal dinner there and he worked very hard for us, but MIL vetoed it because it wasn't walkable from the hotel, so boooo on that.

                  1. re: Jeserf

                    Wow - I would've been tempted to go over the top with custom personalized extravagant transportation just for said MIL.

                    1. re: Dennis S

                      I didn't even WANT a rehearsal dinner, but Dino is one of our favorite spots, so we thought it would be appropriate, esp with the wine aspect since my dad is a big wine guy. But, it had to be walkable (nevermind the hotel was 3 blocks from the Dupont metro) so we ended up at Firefly which, while I've liked my meals in the past, was not appropriately set up for our party - it was crowded, hot, and the food options were not great. I actually haven't been back since.

                    2. re: Jeserf

                      Brasserie Beck's appetizers are also very large and can serve as a main course. Their salads are a nice size for example.

                      Also the mussels look like they are listed as an appetizer but they are more than enough for a main course--even for 2 people depending on appetite.